January 26, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
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Washington, DC – Trump met with building trades union leaders and reiterated his interest in infrastructure projects to create jobs as moved to restart the Keystone XL and Dakota pipeline projects.
Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades unions, says Trump “gave continued hope to thousands of skilled craft construction professionals in America’s heartland for whom the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects have been an economic lifeline.”
The North America Building Trades Unions statement says the building trades are encouraged that that “one of President Trump’s first official actions will put tens of thousands of Americans to work and unleash billions and billions of dollars of earned wages into our economy…”
But McGarvey says Trump did not say he would preserve the federal Davis-Bacon prevailing wage law.
The building trades unions say the pipeline projects are union labor and privately financed and because they are under collective bargaining agreements they include apprenticeship programs “for historically neglected communities.”